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January 4, 2017 - Rare Snow Falls at the Edge of Sahara Desert

Rare Snow Falls at the Edge of Sahara Desert
Landsat 7
December 19, 2016
Rare Snow Falls at the Edge of Sahara Desert
Landsat 8
December 27, 2016
Rare Snow Falls at the Edge of Sahara Desert
Rare Snow Falls at the Edge of Sahara Desert
Rare Snow Falls at the Edge of Sahara Desert
December 19, 2016 December 27, 2016
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In mid-December 2016, a rarity occurred on the edge of the Sahara Desert in northwest Africa. It snowed. Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) sensor captured the image that shows the white covering on the caramel-colored landscape southwest of the Algerian community of Ain Sefra. All the snow except that at the highest elevations melted soon after, a fact Landsat 8 confirmed when it passed overhead on December 27. Ain Sefra’s last snowfall occurred on February 18, 1979.